Deputy editor thrown in at deep end covering Valley flood

MAKING A SPLASH: Daily Examiner’s deputy editor Shannon Newley.
MAKING A SPLASH: Daily Examiner’s deputy editor Shannon Newley.

FLOODS seem to follow Shannon Newley's career path. Either that or her career path follows floods.

On her first day at the Warwick Daily News she was thrown in at the deep end covering the 2011 floods.

Driving down the range from her home town in Stanthorpe on Sunday through torrential rain, she joked about the possibility of a flood on her first day as the new deputy editor at The Daily Examiner.

As it happened, we had to call her in a day early to help us cover the Clarence Valley big wet.

Yesterday was officially her first day and we welcome Shannon to our team.

Prior to her new posting Shannon was chief of staff at the Warwick Daily News and Stanthorpe Border Post where she cemented impressive circulation figures and strong community links.

She is also the APN group food writer and you may have read her recipes in our weekend section.

Daily Examiner editor Jenna Cairney previously worked with Shannon on the revamping of the Stanthorpe paper and couldn't resist poaching her for the Valley team.

"I've seen few others with as much passion and dedication for the community in which she lives," Ms Cairney said.

"On a couple of occasions when the Stanthorpe paper was painfully short-staffed, Shannon and I would pull all-nighters just making sure the paper made it to the stands.

"She'll be a huge asset to this community and has already proved her worth by stepping in during our floods this week, working late into the night and cooking all the troops dinner."

Shannon has been to the Valley a few times in the past but said arriving in midst of a natural disaster showed her quickly what the region was made of.

"After starting at The Daily Examiner a day early, the first thing I got to do was meet some of the amazing people of the SES," she said.

"I was able to chat to the Mayor and I spent some time chatting to people in the streets.

"Despite what was going on around them they made time to have a chat and even asked about me.

"That's a pretty special thing and I know I haven't even touched the surface.

"Now as the recovery starts it is easy to see what a resilient community this is and despite being somewhat at the mercy of its river, loves and has great pride in it.

"I can't wait to see it without all of the water and back to normal."

Topics:  flood

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